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When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« on: September 12, 2012, 09:59:16 PM »
Aloha everyone!  Hope you're having a great week so far.  Had a good friend pose a question to me the other day so I thought I'd ask your opinions.  He asked me if I considered myself a Brewmaster.  I told him I am simply a Homebrew guy. I just brewed my 40th batch of Homebrew (200 Gallons to date total) and my buddy introduced me to his girlfriend as a Homebrew Master (she loves my Peach Blonde Ale I made a few weeks ago).  I explained to her that I was simply a guy who loves to brew beer and has a great passion for Craft Beer. My question is can I consider myself a Homebrew Master after only 5 years of Homebrew Experience? Probably a stupid question but figured I'd pose the question to my fellow beer enthusiasts.  Thanks and Aloha! 

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Re: When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2012, 10:54:01 PM »
What's in a name?  The proof's in the glass.
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Re: When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2012, 04:17:48 AM »
Homebrewers don't have ranks (unless it's the one next to your avatar  ;))
Does that make us all rankless amateurs?
Usually I find that the master label is earned by passing a test of some sort.  A brewmaster has earned a degree from a brewing college for example.  A brewer at a brewpub would call himself the head brewer rather than the brewmaster unless he held that degree.
I have always called myself a homebrewer because to say that I am a brewer might imply that I did it for a living or worked in the industry.
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Re: When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2012, 04:35:03 AM »
Yes, even though I own my own commercial brewery I (usually) make sure to correct people when they call me a "brewmaster" because I have no formal education or degree in brewing. I think it is a good thing to be humble about such things, just laugh it off and appreciate the praise but make sure you explain that a true brewmaster has a formal education.
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Re: When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2012, 05:39:37 AM »
I agree with what others have posted regarding referring to oneself as a brewmaster.  FWIW, I'm about to brew batch 150 and wouldn't consider myself a master homebrewer.  I would say that I'm a fairly advanced brewer, but there are homebrewers out there -- many are on this forum -- who have been brewing way longer than me and who have made several hundred more batches.
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Re: When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2012, 05:58:41 AM »
I don't have a degree in fishing, but I have been fishing since 1960, using every type of bait imaginable.    ;D
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Re: When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2012, 06:05:47 AM »
Once I have learned everything there is to know, and brewed every beer there is to brew. Not there yet after 20 years and 350 or so batches.  ;)



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Re: When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2012, 06:12:18 AM »
I have to wonder if the term "Homebrew Master" is something of an oxymoron? But in a great way!!

I kind of enjoy the rankless society that is the homebrew community, and even if you are an experience homebrewer or it's your first batch you can all get together to share ideas and a beer. I really hope this community doesn't go the way of homebrew hierarchy.  :-\
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When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2012, 06:41:56 AM »
When called a brewmaster I often comment that I prefer the term brewmeister because it requires less schooling.  Although maybe someday....

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Re: When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2012, 07:24:21 AM »
I brewed extract/partial mash for 20 years and made some really great beers, in my opinion.   8)  Last year I made the leap to all-grain brewing.  I didn't know what a rank amateur I was until switching to all-grain!  So, if you put the formal training argument aside and go by strictly homebrewing knowledge, I'd say you need to have brewed a significant number of all-grain batches before you can be truely called a Homebrew Master.  I hope to get to that point some day!   ;D
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Re: When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2012, 07:42:45 AM »
Some people have called me that, but I tell them that I'm either 'just a beer nerd' or a 'beer disciple'.

I prefer the term 'beer disciple' if we have to pick names. Gotta spread the good word about good beer!  ;D
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Re: When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2012, 07:50:33 AM »
In my experience, the only people who care about titles are insecure people. I agree the proof is in the glass.
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Re: When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2012, 07:56:02 AM »
I'm with Keith, just tell them you appreciate that they enjoy your beer. Never hurts to be humble.

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Re: When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2012, 08:06:49 AM »
I don't have a degree in fishing, but I have been fishing since 1960, using every type of bait imaginable.    ;D
Ok.  No one is going to call Carl on this?
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Re: When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2012, 08:15:32 AM »
I don't know about Master, but I started calling myself "homebrew god" around my 4th batch.

I may or may not have an ego problem. :)
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